Gundersen Health System preparing for next chapter in new building

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -- An area hospital is getting ready for its next phase after opening its new building.

After a year of planning, Gundersen Health System in La Crosse moved its patients to its new $180 million Legacy Building.

"You start from big picture of what you need to accomplish, and then you start breaking in down into the smaller pieces, and then you get way down to the littlest details,” said hospital administrator Jan DeHaan.

DeHaan said she's glad the move is finished, but she said that's only the beginning.

"Now we begin the next chapter in terms of how are we going to care for patients in this wonderful new space," said DeHaan.

Around 100 patients were moved to the Legacy Building Sunday.

The move took about 8 hours.

Four hundred staff members helped, and a majority of them volunteered.

One of those patients is Alisha Smith of Blair who's having identical twin girls in February.

She's been in the hospital since December 27 for fetal monitoring twice a day.

"They call them monomono twins. They share an amniotic sac, which causes more risk, because their cords get tangled up around each other and it could cut off the flow, the blood supply and oxygen," said Smith.

Smith who already has a four-year-old son Blake said she's been happy with the new Legacy Building.

"I think it's pretty fancy. I like my room better. It's more homey. It's doesn't really feel like a hospital room," said Smith.

Construction on the Legacy Building took three years.